"WASHINGTON — When Johann Gutenberg's printing press began churning out Bibles in the 15th century, the new technology helped usher in a new era of religion in Europe.So, by mentioning this article, am I blogging about blogs blogging about God?
Nearly 600 years later, some think that increasingly popular Web logs — the Internet's version of personal journals, pamphleteering and issue forums all wrapped in one — combined with traditional religious beliefs could once again take people on a new, uncharted course.
In what appears to be a first of its kind, a small evangelical Christian college in Southern California on Thursday will open the God Blog Convention, a conference on Christian blogging...."
Seriously, It seems that blogs are starting to do for Christian discourse what they have done for political discourse. And that is not an unmixed blessing as blogs represent the good, the bad, and the ugly in us. I hope I make a positive contribution without resorting to the ad hominem attacks and outright lies that have characterized many political blogs.
This article quotes a blogger as stating that Christian-oriented blogs can serve to bolster the Republican party. Is this what we are about?
I don't think so.
The main-stream media already think that Evangelical = Right Wing, but they fail to see that evangelical Christians are all over the political spectrum. For what it is worth, I range from "conservative" to "liberal" on particular issues which is why I do not have a party affiliation (nobody wants me). The last time I voted for a presidential winner was in 1972, and the last time I voted for major-party candidate was in 1976.
No, I do not blog to support either party. I try as best I can to follow the Lord, and that leads me away from the nastiness of American politics and towards trying to exhibit "the Kingdom of Heaven to the world". (Book of Order G 1.0200)
Enough ranting. I was amused by the assertion that "...most popular Christian-oriented blogs find themselves counting their readers in the tens and hundreds of thousands, not millions."
In my two-month-old blog, I can probably count my readers in the tens.
To end on a positive note, we are a small, growing community and there is much opportunity to learn, fellowship, and share in a Christian Community, many or most of whom have never met face-to-face.